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Optician gives free eye tests to the people of Cork for Healthy Eyes Awareness Week

Press Release   •   Jan 27, 2017 17:55 GMT

Mary Wright, from Cork

Vision Express, one of Ireland’s most trusted opticians, brought its mobile Vision Van to Cork for Healthy Eyes Awareness Week this January. Promoting the importance of eye health and offering free eye tests to members of the public, the Vision Van visited Douglas Court Shopping Centre in Cork.

A recent survey* commissioned by Vision Express in Ireland revealed that a third of respondents hadn’t had an eye test in four years or more, with a worrying 6% never having had an eye exam, and a further 41% not having had an eye test in the past two years. These statistics unfortunately rang true on-board the Vision Van too, as this was the first eye test for 25% of visitors, while another quarter hadn’t had an eye test for over 15 years, and the rest were unaware that having an eye test every two years is recommended.

The Vision Express on-board optometrist, Sarah Fitzpatrick, met one lady at the Douglas Court Shopping Centre, Mary Wright from Cork. Mary didn’t have regular eye tests as a child, which unfortunately affected her eye sight as an adult. Mary wears artificial lenses on her left and right eye, and also wears glasses. If Mary’s eye sight issues had been detected earlier in her childhood, some problems could have been avoided. As a result of recently losing her glasses, Mary visited the Vision Van in the Douglas Court Shopping Centre, and following her examination, she discovered her prescription had changed.

Mary, mum of three explained: “I know the importance of having regular eye tests first hand. Unfortunately, I didn’t take care of my eyes when I was younger, so when my children were growing up, I made sure they had regular eye examinations to pick up any problems and prevent any damage as early as possible.”

Regular eye tests can pick up the early signs of many underlying eye health problems such as diabetes, age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma and cataracts, among others. Sometimes change in vision can be gradual and may not be noticed on a day to day basis, which is why, following the recommendation of an eye test every two years, is vital.

Commenting, Omar Hassan, Head of Professional Services at Vision Express said: ‘We know that sight loss is one of the most feared health conditions, yet our optometrists on board the Vision Van met lots of people in Cork who don’t look after their eyes regularly. Crucially, safeguarding your sight involves an eye test at least every two years for adults and children. It is not only the best way to detect vision problems, but it can also indicate potentially serious health conditions such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes and an increased risk of stroke.”

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*1,500 respondents across Ireland surveyed by Vision Express as part of its survey commissioned especially for Healthy Eyes Awareness Week

About Vision Express

Vision Express is the third largest optical retailer in the UK and part of GrandVision, the global leader in optical retail, operating across 44 countries and spanning 6,100 stores and online. GrandVision is committed to delivering superior, high quality and affordable eye care to more and more people around the world.

With almost 390 stores nationwide, Vision Express first opened its doors in Newcastle in 1988. Since then it has gone from strength to strength, driven by a commitment to unparalleled customer service and providing the best personalised optical care, style and quality. Customers can select from a wide range of frames and lenses for glasses, contact lenses and sunglasses, allowing everybody to reflect their individual personalities and lifestyles.

With prices starting from £39, the Exclusive Brands in-house collection of eyewear makes the choice at Vision Express both unique and affordable. For frames and sunglasses the styles range from iconic, retro designs to the latest in ultra-modern chic. High-quality brands to suit every style and every budget.

With over 4,000 employees, Vision Express makes a difference to the communities it operates within, and as part of its commitment to Vision. Taken Seriously, and as a responsible and caring retailer, it is proud to partner with a range of healthcare charities, which have touched the lives of customers and teams. These companies provide vital support to people affected by vision-related conditions. They are part of the Vision Express Charitable Partnerships and include: